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Submission + - Tablet computer designed 15 years before iPad; prior art, anyone? (washingtonpost.com)

Doofus writes: Roger Fidler, who worked for Knight-Ridder, had a "skunk-works" lab next door to Apple in the 1990s.

Fidler invented the "tablet" computer in 1994, long before Apple patented the design (2004). Of course, he admits (in the article) that the tablets in 2001: A Space Odyssey may have influenced him. Prior prior art.

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